GEORGE McNEIL: The Women Works on Paper 1938-1972

ACME McNeil Untitled Figure15 January – 6 March, 2010

ACME Fine Art’s upcoming exhibition George McNeil: The Women will feature newly acquired works on paper that have not previously been shown. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday 12 March and will be on view through Saturday 8 May 2010.

George McNeil began his artistic exploration during his teenage years in 1922 when he began art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. McNeil studied at the Art Students League, Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art and Columbia University, worked on a WPA Federal Art Project and was a founding member of American Abstract Artists. McNeil is best known as an American modernist and first-generation Abstract Expressionist painter.

George McNeil: The Women includes representations of the female figure from 1938-1972, spanning McNeil’s figurative, abstract expressionist and late figurative periods. An early ink drawing from 1938, during his time as a teacher at the Hans Hofmann School, exemplifies McNeil’s deconstruction of form that preceded his abstract expressionist works. Two unique works from Paris in 1952 show the influence of Andre Lhote, a renowned Cubist artist and teacher whose figure drawing classes McNeil briefly attended. These rare Parisian figure drawings depict stylized forms in elegant poses, yet were executed during a period in which McNeil’s works were almost exclusively abstract. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition is a charcoal drawing from 1972 in which McNeil used strong lines and exaggerated foreshortening to render a reclining nude.

McNeil exhibited widely during his career through numerous solo and group shows at galleries and museums nationwide. McNeil’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum among others.

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of works on paper by George McNeil will be on view from 12 March to 8 May 2010.

For further information about this exhibition or other gallery events, please contact the gallery at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at info@acmefineart.com

ACME Fine Art and Design is located in Boston’s Back Bay at 38 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery hours are 11:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.